Christmas bonanza for early-bird shoppers

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  • First time ever 7am opening (Mon-Sat) for all general retail shops for Christmas

  • Later 6pm closure for Saturday shopping

  • Extended trading for Sundays, Boxing Day, New Year’s Day and Australia Day

  • Job opportunities for young workers

For the first time in WA’s history, all general retail shops in the Perth metropolitan area will be allowed to open as early as 7am on weekdays and Saturdays during the Christmas period.

The extended trading hours, which begin on Friday, December 5, include an earlier 8am opening on Sundays and a later 6pm closing on Saturdays and Sundays.

Commerce Minister Michael Mischin said shopping hours for Boxing Day, New Year’s Day and Australia Day would also be extended from 8am to 6pm, but general retail shops would remain closed on Christmas Day.

“The 53 extra trading hours in December and January will allow Perth shops large and small to better meet the greater consumer demand and compete more effectively with their online counterparts,” Mr Mischin said.

“While this decision will ease the restrictions on retail trading at a very busy time of year, it is by no means compulsory for any business to open and close at these times.

“It gives retail businesses greater freedom of choice and the ability to better cater for the demands of their customers who may want to shop earlier in the morning or later in the evening.

“The extra trading hours are a bonanza for consumers, who will enjoy greater convenience, choice and flexibility when doing their pre and post-Christmas shopping this year.

“We believe the extra opening hours will also create more employment opportunities, especially for young people who are facing high rates of unemployment in some areas.”

The Minister said extended Christmas trading was consistent with the State Government’s policy of testing the gradual and incremental easing of retail trading restrictions.

“The Government has been at the forefront of retail trading hours’ reform with the introduction of late night weekday and Sunday trading which have proven to be popular with consumers and successful for businesses,” he said.

“The emergence of online shopping has made the retail sector highly competitive and we want to ease restrictions on retailers so they can better service their customers’ needs and maximise their sales, especially at Christmas time.”

Mr Mischin said the success of the new hours would be closely monitored.

Fact File

  • Unrestricted 11am-5pm Sunday and public holiday trading (except for Christmas Day, Good Friday and Anzac Day) began on August 26, 2012 and weekday late night trading until 9pm began on November 1, 2010 for general retail shops in Perth

  • For more information, visit Retail Trading Hours   

Minister’s office - 6552 5600

Original media statement

Consumer Protection
Media release
02 Nov 2014

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